Call for Proposals

The Music Department at the University of California Santa Cruz and Symbolic Sound invite proposals for talks, live performances and workshops for the 6-9 September 2018 Kyma International Sound Symposium — KISS2018: Altered States (and Ecosystems).

Altered States

State spaces, state of mind, state of the art, deep state, state machines, state of the nation, state variable filters, topological state, head of state, solid state physics, state of grace, state transitions, spin states, state of the union — whatever your definition of state, one thing is for certain: Sound and music can alter states.

Join us in the state of California as we explore the multifaceted concept of Altered States through talks, workshops, and live musical performances at KISS2018, 6-9 September 2018 on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz.


Atop a forested hill overlooking the Pacific ocean and Monterey Bay, on the tectonic boundary between the Pacific and North American plates (aka the San Andreas Fault), accessible from the San Jose or San Francisco Airports, Santa Cruz is shaped by the economic/technology ecosystems of Silicon Valley, the biological ecosystems of the Pacific ocean and the Santa Cruz mountains, and a continuation of the counterculture lifestyle and political protest movements of the 1960s — hence the sub-theme of the conference: Ecosystems. Whether “Ecosystems” inspires ideas for environmental music & field recording, ecosystemic feedback control systems, the human microbiota, or more abstract political/economic/social ecosystems, we welcome proposals involving “complex networks or interconnected systems” of sound and music.

Important Dates

26 March: Deadline for submissions
15 April: Notification of acceptance & start of early registration

How to make a proposal

Feeling inspired? It’s easy to make a proposal! Use one of the on-line forms below to submit your proposal for a live performance, a talk, or a workshop involving your work with Kyma and related to the theme(s) of Altered States and/or Ecosystems. We recommend you send in your proposals soon, before life gets too busy (and definitely before the 26 March deadline):

Propose a talk or demonstration

Propose a live performance paired with a demonstration

A selection committee will review all proposals in terms of practicality and relevance to the theme. We may contact you with questions. We look forward to reading your proposals!


If you have a question about KISS2018, please contact the organizers.  Thank you!  We look forward to hearing from you!